Shelby G. Floyd
Paul and Barnabas entered the Jewish synagogue at Iconium and so spoke that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and “poisoned their minds against the brethren” (Acts 14:1-2).
They poisoned their minds by misrepresenting these men and their message. This is exactly what Bar-Jesus tried to do to the Roman proconsul—Sergius Paulus on the island of Cyrus:
They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith (Acts 13:6-8).
But Paul would not allow him to deceive the deputy and rebuked him severely:
“You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord” (Acts 13:10)?
To make sure no one poisons our mind, let us not mind earthly things (Phil. 3:19), but let us set our minds on the things above where Christ sits at the right hand of God (Col: 3:1-4).
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